|For all of us
who held out hope that Thomas Smrt would buy his cheesy little
amusement park back from the real estate developers and re-open
it can stop hoping. A fire broke out and destroyed one of
the few remaining "main" buildings. There are
two gazebos still standing (one, I suspect is the Merry-Go -
Round). Neither were effected by the fire. The
building that looks like a horse barn and a huge warehouse are
some of the few structures left. Also, there are a bunch
of tiny buildings no bigger than phone booths that are laying on
their sides. Maybe a good wind came along and blew them
down. There is still a house sitting way back on the
property, that I would love to go into.
It looks as if, at long last, Shireland
has finally gone the way of Dixie Square Shopping Mall and Old
Chicago. It didn't make the newspapers, so there is no way
of knowing how the fire was started, or who was involved.
There will probably be a strip mall there next week.
Thanks to Christine for the pictures
and for keeping me in the loop.